Zydeco sounds from Louisiana for a winter's night
Through his grandfather, “King” Ned, Joe Hall inherited a love for the accordion, playing his grandpa’s whenever he was away. By the time Ned discovered that Joe had been tinkering with his instrument, the grandson had become surprisingly proficient. From there, Hall paid regular visits to the elder statesmen of Creole music, such as "Bois Sec" Ardoin, Canray Fontenot, Carlton Frank, and Calvin Carrière, to learn and play tunes. Surprised to see such a young person with a rabid interest, Carlton Frank invited his brother Paul to meet the young player. "If you stay the way you are and don’t let nobody change you," Joe recalls Paul saying, "then one day the world is going to know about you." Joe even jammed with the late Boozoo Chavis, who said, "If you are going to do it, make the people like the way you do it. You can’t go out there and imitate me; then all you can be is somebody imitating somebody. People will dance, but you’ll never find yourself." "And I think at this point," Joe says, "I’ve found myself."